HONG KONG – The Walt Disney Co. says “well over” 1 million people have visited Hong Kong Disneyland, relenting in releasing visitor figures amid speculation of disappointing attendance and criticism that the park wasn’t adequately transparent about its operations. “Hong Kong Disneyland has welcomed and entertained well over 1 million guests,” Walt Disney Parks and Resorts said in a statement issued late Wednesday. The statement came after park officials repeatedly refused to disclose visitor numbers because of their sensitive nature and media reports that attendance at the park has been lackluster. The South China Morning Post reported Monday that its reporters counted several thousand fewer park guests than the projected first-year daily average of 15,342 on two days in November. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals In Wednesday’s statement, Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo said such calculations are “meaningless” because they don’t factor in seasonality. “The bottom line is this: Attendance is ramping up well, which continues to give us confidence that we are on track to achieve our long-term attendance goals,” Rasulo said. Disneyland’s silence until now has frustrated critics who say the park must be held accountable to the public because of the level of government investment. The government paid $2.4 billion for the park’s construction, while Disney paid about $314 million, according to official figures. Disney also said mainland China, expected to be a major source of tourists for the park, accounted for 26 percent of guests. Foreigners contributed 25 percent, and locals represented 49 percent. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Kerrykeel couple Mary and Michael Whoriskey have vowed not to let this week’s burglary dim their Christmas spirit.Each year, the kind-hearted couple sets up an amazing Christmas lights display outside their home at Gortcally. The event has raised thousands for local charities in the past 15 years and large crowds came out for the big switch-on on Friday night last.But the Whoriskeys were shocked yesterday to find that the charity donation box was stolen from their entrance gate. As garda investigations get underway, Mary tells Donegal Daily that the burglary was a disheartening blow to their joyous fundraiser.“I just couldn’t believe it. We are coming on 16 years and nobody has ever laid a finger on anything,” Mary said.The sad discovery was made shortly before 11pm last night, when Mary when to take the donation box inside for the night. Proceeds from this year’s display will be donated to Donegal Hospice and the local Mevagh Voluntary Fire Service.“I went down to say a prayer at the crib, like I always do, and to unlock the box and take it inside. But it was gone.” Mary Whoriskey“I was upset at first,” Mary said, but she soon came to look on the positive side of the incident and hopes that no substantial donations were made during the day.She said: “I thought to myself ‘you hate for this to happen’ but Monday is a quiet day for us. I looked back on my records from the same Monday last year and we didn’t take in much. So, for it to happen, it was the best night.”Having trusted people to visit their home at Christmas for the past 16 years, Mary said she won’t let the burglary stop their charitable efforts.“It’s a lesson learned. Michael will be in the workshop soon making a lock so good they’ll need cutters to take it away. “I know in my heart and soul this was nobody from the locality. We have people travelling from all over to visit and we love to see people coming.” Whoriskeys Christmas Lights Display 2019Before the new box is made, anyone visiting in the next few days is invited to make a donation directly to Mary.“I’ll be at home in the kitchen, all donations will be very welcome,” she said.Meanwhile, Gardaí have launched a public appeal for information relating to the burglary. The theft occurred sometime between 3.30pm and 10.30pm at the Whoriskey’s house at Gortcally, outside Kerrykeel, on Monday 25th November.The donation box is described as a handpainted box with white lettering. Anyone with any information is being urged to contact Milford Garda Station on (074) 915 3060Charity box theft won’t dim the Whoriskey’s Christmas spirit was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
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